Sevier County commissioners adopted a $4,304,939 general fund budget for the 1990 calendar year, $256,000 more than in 1989.
Not included in the general fund is $69,785 for debt service and $102,000 in transient room tax. The latter is received from motels, is redistributed to groups associated with tourism, and used for advertising.County Clerk Steve Wall explained that $109,787 was budgeted for emergency medical services where the figure was zero last year. Money was spent for that purpose but was part of the public health budget. He also noted that funds budgeted for economic development were included in the commissioners fund in 1989.
Substantial increases were adopted for jail expenses, courthouse and the Class B Road fund. The increase in the jail fund was attributed to purchase of new equipment, benefits and an additional employee. A new roof is being installed on the courthouse. The county will replace some of the road equipment.
The non-departmental budget was raised about $32,000. Clark said this includes money paid to the Six County organization and for such expenses as landfill, insurance, dues and subscription, all of which increased this year. The county also purchased the former Wall Tractor building, and a payment for it will come out of the non-departmental fund.
Expenses in the courts and in county offices will increase, mostly because of benefits and an expected raise in contributions to the federal FICA fund.
On the reduction side of the budget, the department with the largest budget got the largest decrease. The sheriff's department budget was decreased from $796,975 to $732,702 because less money will be spent for equipment next year.
More will be spent for mosquito control and less for weed control, the clerk said.